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DPRK Premier Visits Hoeryong and Raso’n

DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim (4th L) is briefed during a visit to Hoeryo’ng, North Hamgyo’ng Province. Also seen in attendance is DPRK Vice Cabinet Premier and State Planning Commission Ro Tu Chol (2nd L) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 17 September (Monday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim toured the city of Hoeryo’ng on the DPRK-China border in North Hamgyo’ng Province and Raso’n (Rajin-So’nbong).  Choe’s first visit was to Raso’n to learn about the economic zone’s ongoing development.  He then moved on to Hoeryo’ng where KCNA reported that he “learned about in detail the long-term plan of the city which will be spruced up and looked round various places including Kim Jong Suk [Kim Cho’ng-suk] Teacher Training College.”  Choe also visited visited a coal mine in the Jungbong area (Chongbong-nodongjagu), which is located near labor-training detention facilities.  According to KCNA Choe met miners, visited their homes and then convened a “consultative meeting held on the spot underscored the need to discuss measures and ways for drastically increasing coal production.”

A view of the Jungbong area outside of Hoeryo’ng in North Hamgyo’ng Province (Photo: Google image)

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